How to Make a Winter Soldier Arm

I had a couple requests for how to make a winter soldier arm, so here it is. Took me a little while to figure out how to make something that resembled a mechanical arm without getting too expensive, but finally settled on a simple solution of duct tape. While this is not a completely smooth finish like the real winter solider arm, and the line pattern is different, it's one of the more inexpensive and fairly simple ways of making one.

I ended up finding some chrome duct tape after I'd already made most of the arm and spray painted it, but if you use chrome duct tape right from the start you won't have to bother with spray painting. The chrome duct tape can be found at JoAnn Fabrics or here on Amazon:

When you're wrapping your arm in duct tape, it's easiest if you have a second person, rather than having to wrap it yourself as I did. Keep the wrapping quite loose as you go, both for circulation reasons, and so the duct tape arm still fits after you cut it open. It doesn't have to be neat since you'll cover it later, just as long as the plastic bag is covered.

(The last shot was done in a mirror, so even though it looks like it's my right arm, it's actually my left)

For the Winter Soldier jacket tutorial, visit:
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For the Winter Soldier weapons harness tutorial visit:
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Hope you enjoy this tutorial. If you have any questions or requests for future tutorials, feel free to leave me a comment below. I post a new cosplay tutorial every Thursday and a new crafting tutorial every other Monday, so check back next week for more DIY goodness.